Professor Douglas Fraser

The subject matter in an historical format can cover areas such as; folklore, Minstrel Shows, slavery, Medicine Shows, Ragtime, Gay Nineties, Vaudeville, burlesque, Jazz, Blues, Swing, and the development of music in influential districts from New Orleans to Chicago.

When performing in Canada, Douglas outlines the considerable Canadian contribution to Jazz and show business in general.

Douglas shares entertaining commentaries and punctuates them with musical examples: many of them recognizable, all of them fun. This is an ideal performance for history buffs, music lovers, educators, convention audiences, and students (University to high school). Douglas and his unique educational performance is enthusiastically enjoyed.
In the 2003 season Douglas was the artistic director and manager of the Burr Theatre in New Westminster, B.C. where he wrote, produced, directed and performed in three productions. Today when not leading The Genuine Jug Band his solo performance thrills and intrigues audiences in night clubs, conventions, concerts and theatres.

Educational Concert OR straight out Entertainment. These are your choices when acquiring Professor Douglas Fraser.

His solo performance has the magnitude to command a large stage or provide an intimate presentation. He is a storyteller, conveying fascinating anecdotes and little known information about the subject that is his specialty; the developing musical period in North America from 1830 to 1930. The amount of information conveyed, the depth and detail, educational or strictly entertaining, depend on the time allotted and the desires of the house.

Early Entertainment book
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EARLY ENTERTAINMENT is the Professor's second book which was published in June 2014 on Amazon Kindle.

This book is filled with secrets, surprises and delights. You are introduced to, and become quite intimate with, the creation of everything that makes up entertainment and the activities that brought smiles to the faces of America.

Covering the roots of jazz, vaudeville, burlesque, big bands, silent movies, ragtime, television, bare knuckle prize fights, minstrel shows, circus and carnivals, bebop, medicine shows, jug bands, bicycles, musicians’ drugs, radio, Model –Ts, paddle wheelers, roller skates, the blues, barnstorming, gramophones, dancing, barbershop quartets, stage microphones, Tin Pan Alley, washboard bands, swing, and wild west shows. Lots of photographs and insight to subjects that you thought you knew about.
Professor Douglas Fraser emcees Canada Day 2014
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Canada Day 2014

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Douglas Fraser, on tenor guitar

Douglas Fraser is a showman, musicologist, vocalist and performer on tenor guitar and tenor banjo. He hails from three generations of professional entertainers and has been on stage since the age of three. Douglas’s father was a Ringling Brothers Circus star performer, vaudevillian with partner Amos Jacobs (Later to be Danny Thomas), a stand-up comic, and matinee crooner. His mother performed on the Shubert Circuit in vaudeville and his grandmother toured with Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show.

Douglas Fraser

For Douglas, music is a way of life. He has played jazz in concert coast to coast. He has been on many television shows, movies and radio shows throughout the years. Douglas was the band leader at Gastown’s “Banjo Palace” in Vancouver, British Columbia for two years with a four to seven piece Dixieland / ragtime band. He wrote, produced and directed the theatrical comedy production, The Heartaches Razz Band in which, as band leader, he sang, played banjo, tap danced (he was hilarious) and did a comedy magic routine. This show toured internationally for ten years playing concerts, clubs and the Canadian university circuit, ultimately performing a total of thirty one times at The Troubadour in Hollywood and at Pasadena’s Ice House Comedy Club.

Douglas has toured with Blood, Sweat and Tears, Brian Adams, Boz Scaggs, the Knack and George Carlin ( to name a few ). Doug played fifteen hundred and fifty –four shows at California’s Knott’s Berry Farm, he also played in Disneyland in Anaheim, California and some thirty shows at Magic Mountain in Valencia, California. Previous manager, Isy Walters, kept him working as an opening act for such greats as Buddy Rich, Earl Hines, Les Brown and his band of Renown, Stan Getz and Eubie Blake. Advice from Hezzie, band leader of the Hoosier Hot Shots and performing with Mousie Garner from Spike Jones & the City Slickers, and who was one of the original Three Stooges, helped hone Douglas’s natural comic instincts. Prof. Fraser has also spent several years as a stand up comic and as a folk singer.
Doug Fraser and banjo

In a night club, concert or festival  performance the song structure  celebrates 1920s and 30s Jazz and Delta Blues with an occasional nugget from the 1890s or a Ragtime treat. The audience will enjoy tunes such as "Hello Ma Baby", "Sweet Georgia Brown", "The Sunny Side of the Street", and "Dream a Little Dream".

The songs that he performs are played on banjo and tenor guitar. His voice is said to be reminiscent of the vintage sound coming from a Blue Wax Edison Cylinder. His playing and presentation is authentic to the time period. His style and swagger denote the eccentric characterization that makes an audience feel that they have been blessed with a glimpse of the past.

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